Brewery: New Belgium
Style: Blonde Ale
Serving: Pint Glass or Mug @ 45°- 50°
General Blonde Ale description:
Aroma: Light hop and sweet aromas, fruity esters common..
Appearance: Pours a clear yellow to gold with a white head that has some staying power.
Flavor: Light sweet bread flavors balanced beer. Hop bitterness is pronounced but the malt is the dominant flavor.
Mouthfeel: A smooth, refreshing, medium bodied beer that finishes fairly dry.
Other Blonde Ales: Shipyard Export Ale, Twilight ale,
Food Pairings: Italian cuisine, Middle Eastern cuisine, soft young cheeses with spicy hot peppers such as Monterey Jack. Meat: poultry or fish.
HopHeadSaid: These are great hot summer day beers. They are more flavorful than American lagers but comparable ABV’s so you can enjoy a few without much worry of overdoing it. Blonde ales also pair well with food because their sweet malt flavors help to cut the spicy foods and their light flavor intensity ensures they won’t overpower any entrée.
Appearance: Summersault pours a crystal-clear golden with a thick white head and good lacing.
Aroma: Lots of crisp, citrus, resiny hop aroma with a sweet fruity ester aftersmell (did I just make up a word?)
Flavor: Lots of lemon! The lemon flavor comes from the hops used, no lemons were hurt during the brewing of this beer! NFL! There is a nice smooth, sweet wheat bread malt flavor that supports and balances the citric hop flavors.
Mouthfeel: Light, and frothy. There are no harsh edges on this beer.
This is a wonderful summertime pairing! The lemon flavors in the beer and the salad create a base layer for the rest of the pairing to sit on. The crisp and refreshing cucumber and mint flavors resonate with the lemon flavors making this one of the most refreshing pairings I have ever had. Then, just as things couldn’t get any more refreshing, the sharp feta makes an appearance. But, under all that refreshing-ness the crisp onions resonate with the bready wheat flavors to give the pairing a sweet backbone. In the end the beer plays its part as the palate cleanser and scrubs the feta away prepping you for another round of lemon!
I did adjust the recipe a bit as I didn't have any dill on hand. If you try it with the dill (yet another refreshing, palate cleansing ingredient) please let me know how it paired.
Click the image below to see the recipe.